Polymer Scientist/Development Engineer IV

Recruiter
Location
Perrysburg Facility,
Salary
Competitive
Posted
13 Sep 2016
Closes
22 Oct 2016
Ref
REQ-000302
Sector
Renewables
Category
Solar
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Our high growth and leadership position in the renewable energy business offers outstanding opportunities to individuals seeking an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries for the 21st century. First Solar is a leader in the development and manufacturing of thin film solar modules used in grid-connected solar power plants, as well as a provider of complete solar generation solutions for U.S. utilities. Our culture is one where teamwork, continuous improvement, achievement of results, and environmental responsibility are core values. We are seeking new associates who are motivated to contribute their talents to making cost-effective solar energy an important part of the world's energy mix.
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Primary Job Functions:
Primary Job Functions:
Summary of Job Function:
Innovates and develops photovoltaic (PV) modules using advanced materials, designs, and processes to optimize cost, durability and manufacturability.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:
  • Engages with 3rd party institutions and vendors to identify polymeric materials suitable for PV module applications in terms of cost, performance, durability, and manufacturability
  • Uses knowledge of structure/property relationships to model polymeric material thermo-mechanical performance and durability
  • Uses knowledge of structure/property relationships to model environmental degradation of polymeric material performance and durability
  • Uses knowledge of adhesive science to improve mechanical performance and durability of PV module with regard to environmental stressors

Required Education and Experience:
  • 10 or more years experience working in a manufacturing setting preferred
  • Graduate degree (Ph.D. preferred) in Physics, Materials Science/Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical/Polymer Science/Engineering or a related field

Required Experience:
  • Demonstrated abilities to solve diverse problems through a combination of experimentation, characterization, and analysis
  • Strong polymeric materials background
  • Extensive skills in numerical data analysis utilizing advanced tools/software is expected
  • Hands-on knowledge of visco-elastic materials behavior and characterization
  • Statistical data analysis and design of experiments
  • Demonstrated expertise in creating safe work environment
  • Excellent communication skills, proven organizational skills
  • Strong English written and verbal communications skills to ensure effective participation with interdepartmental teams.

Hybrid Physical Requirements:
• Will sit, stand or walk short distances for up to the entire duration of a shift
• Will climb stairs on an occasional basis
• Will lift, push or pull up to 27 pounds on an occasional basis
• Required to use hands to grasp, lift, handle, carry or feel objects on a frequent basis
• 20/40 vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required
• Must be able to comply with all safety standards and procedures
• May reach above shoulder heights and below the waist on a frequent basis
• May stoop, kneel, or bend, on an occasional basis
• Ability to wear personal protective equipment is required (including but not limited to; steel toed shoes, gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection, protective jacket or apron and arm guards)
• All associates working on the production floor may be required to wear a respirator at any given time and thus, the ability to wear a respirator is a condition of employment and continued employment (requires little or no facial hair)

Please note: potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role. All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.
Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.
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Language Requirements
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Experience
Engineering-
Education
Bachelor of Engineering (Required), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Electrical Engineering, Master of Engineering-
Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role. All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role. All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.